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Micah Johnson shut down for the season
by Chris Cwik |

White Sox infield prospect Micah Johnson has been shut down for the rest of the year.

Johnson injured his knee while taking an awkward swing recently, and won't return. He hit .294/.351/.403 over two levels in the minors.

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Padres option Jace Peterson, DFA Bobby LaFromboise
by R.J. White |

The Padres optioned infielder Jace Peterson to Triple-A El Paso and designated pitcher Bobby LaFrombroise for assignment Wednesday.

The moves were made to clear a 25-man and a 40-man roster spot for Cameron Maybin, who returned from a 25-game suspension Wednesday. Peterson is just 6 for 53 in 27 games with the Padres. LaFromboise owns a 4.75 ERA and 45:21 K:BB ratio in 53 innings with El Paso.

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Padres reinstate Cameron Maybin
by R.J. White |

The Padres reinstated outfielder Cameron Maybin from the restricted list Wednesday.

Maybin served a 25-game suspension handed down for violating the MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. He went 6 for 16 in five games with El Paso before rejoining the team. Maybin has hit .247/.286/.368 with one home run and three stolen bases in 174 at-bats.

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Masahiro Tanaka gets through 35 pitch bullpen session
by Chris Cwik |

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was able to get through a 35 pitch bullpen session Wednesday, according to

Tanaka said this bullpen session was "better" than his first one. He was able to throw four different pitches during the start, including his splitter. "It went well, but it was actually my first time throwing breaking balls – something other than fastballs – in the bullpen, so I felt it was a little bit rusty,” Tanaka said. The club still hopes Tanaka can pitch in the majors this season. 

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Starlin Castro scratched Wednesday due to family emergency
by R.J. White |

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was scratched from Wednesday's starting lineup due to a family emergency, the team announced.

The Cubs haven't given any indication of how much time Castro is expected to miss. He has hit .284/.333/.429 with 13 home runs and 64 RBI in 496 at-bats. Rookie Javier Baez will see his first action at shortstop Wednesday after playing 15 games at second base to open his major-league career.

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Jose Bautista continues to rake in defeat of Brewers
by Marty Gitlin |

The first four hitters in the Blue Jays lineup combined for nine hits in a Wednesday win in Milwaukee, but only one of them blasted off. That was Jose Bautista, who crashed a three-run homer in the sixth inning to stretch the lead to 7-3.

Bautista also doubled in the victory in sweetening his stat line to .290/.406/.512.

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Jimmy Nelson falls apart in middle innings in loss to Toronto
by Marty Gitlin |

A strong run of five straight quality starts ended with a thud Wednesday against the Blue Jays for Brewers rookie Jimmy Nelson.

Nelson collapsed after four strong innings to take his fourth loss in six decisions. He gave up four runs on five hits in the fifth and sixth before his removal. Among them were run-scoring doubles by Munenori Kawasaki and Melky Cabrera.

His next start is set for Monday at San Diego.

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Joe Thatcher not ready to return
by Chris Cwik |

Angels pitcher Joe Thatcher has been able to do some light throwing off a mound, but isn't ready to return just yet, according to

Manager Mike Scioscia said Thatcher was "not close" to coming back. He's been sidelined since August 2 due to an ankle issue. 

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Grant Green looking to return next week
by Chris Cwik |

Angels infielder Grant Green is looking to return next week, according to

Green is on pace to start a rehab assignment over the next few days with the intention of returning next week. He's hit .313 over 80 at-bats. Green has been sidelined due to a back injury.

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R.A. Dickey can't be picky - snags win despite poor outing
by Marty Gitlin |

Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey didn't require a third straight quality start to gain his 10th win of the season Wednesday in Milwaukee. In fact, he didn't need to perform well at all.

Dickey rode strong hitting support to the win despite giving up five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked one, fanned four and yielded a two-run homer to Carlos Gomez in the sixth inning that knocked him out of the game.

The veteran has given up 24 runs in his last 44 2/3 innings. He will try to pitch better Tuesday against Boston.

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